Quantitative Placement Guide

The Mathematics Department places students into our classes based on ACT/SAT math scores, Accuplacer scores or AP/IB calculus scores. Transfer students can also satisfy prerequisites for our classes with transfer math classes.

Note: Test scores expire for prerequisite use after two years. If your ACT/SAT math score is more than two years old and you do not have an AP Calculus score of 3 or greater or transfer math coursework, you must take the Accuplacer to be able to register for a math class.

Math ACT or SAT Score(s) Course Placement
ACT Math score of 17 or lower
SAT Math score of 420 or lower
Math 990 - Elementary Algebra
ACT Math score of 18-22
SAT Math score of 430-530
Math 1010 - Intermediate Algebra
ACT Math score of 23-27
SAT Math score of 540-620
Math 1030 - Quantitative Reasoning, 1040 - Statistics and Probability, 1050 - College Algebra, 1070 - Statistical Inference, or 1090 - College Algebra for Business and Social Sciences
ACT Math score of 24-27
SAT Math score of 560-620
Math 1080 - Precalculus (or Math 4010 - Math for Elementary School Teachers I if your major requires this)
ACT Math score of 28 or higher
SAT Math score of 630 or higher
Math 1100 - Quantitative Analysis, or 1210 - Calculus I, or 1310 - Engineering Calculus I

Math Placement Accuplacer Exam Information

AR = Arithmetic Test
EA = Elementary Algebra Test
CLM = College Level Math Test

*Note: For placement, we only consider the raw scores, NOT the percentiles listed on the results printout.
Accuplacer Score(s) Highest Placement*
AR < 120 or EA < 54 Math 990 - Elementary Algebra
54 <= EA or CLM < 50 Math 1010 - Intermediate Algebra
CLM >= 50 Math 1030 - Quantitative Reasoning, 1040 - Probability and Statistics, or 1070 - Statistical Inference
CLM >= 60 Math 1050 - College Algebra or 1090 - College Algebra for Business and Social Sciences
CLM >= 65 Math 1080 - Precalculus (or Math 4010 - Math for Elementary School Teachers I if your major requires this)
CLM >= 80 Math 1060 - Trigonometry or Math 1100 - Quantitative Analysis
90 <= CLM <= 94 Math 1210 - Calculus I, or 1310 - Engineering Calculus I, but you'll need to request a permission code via the link at www.math.utah.edu.
95 <= CLM <= 120 Math 1210 - Calculus I, or 1310 - Engineering Calculus I
Choosing between Math 1030, 1050 and 1090:
Math 1030 is primarily for students in Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, or Humanities who will not continue in math beyond the university graduation requirement.
Math 1050 is primarily for students in Physical and Life Sciences, Engineering, or Mines and Earth Sciences who will be advancing to Calculus (Math 1210 or 1310).
Math 1090 is primarily for students in Business or Economics.

* A student can always choose to take a lower-level math course than where he or she has placed. The math class the student registers for will depend on the needs of the major chosen by the student. For example, if a student places into Math 1100, but actually needs to take Math 1210, then the student should take both Math 1050 and 1060 instead of 1100, since 1050 and 1060 are the prerequisites for Math 1210.

If you still have questions about which math class to take, please contact the Mathematics Undergraduate Advisor:
Angie Gardiner
214 LCB